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Specialization "International Business Communication" (SIBC)

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Courses

In five courses (all held in a PI format), you will learn about a wide range of aspects of international business communication:

Key Concepts

Internal Business Communication

External Business Communication

Intercultural Business Communication

Skills

Organizational aspects

Update regarding admission in WS23 (Sep 20, 2pm):

We are currently in the process of filling the remaining slots from the waiting list as described below. All successful applicants have been informed accordingly and we expect all places to be filled in the next couple of days. In the unlikely event that some spots still remain vacant then, we may add more people from the waiting list as applicable on Monday. However, if you have not been accepted yet and do not receive an invitation to join by then, this means that, unfortunately, you have not been selected for this semester. In that case, we invite you to reapply next semester if you are still interested.

General information:

The Specialization is designed to be completed within 2 semesters, with Courses I, II & III recommended to be taken in the first semester, and IV & V in the second semester. Accordingly, students in their first semester will be guaranteed spaces in the first three courses and assured spots in Courses IV and V in their second semester (within those Courses, though, no particular class can be guaranteed). However, only Course I MUST be taken in the first semester, and only after this course has been completed will it be possible to sign up for any of the other courses. Depending on scheduling of courses and availability of places, it MAY be possible to finish the Specialization within one semester, but this is in no way guaranteed nor really encouraged.

The Specialization will accept 60 students each semester; general eligibility criteria are the same as for any other SBWL or specialization.

In a first step, students wishing to apply for "International Business Communication" have to sign up for the course "Access to Specialization: International Business Communication" (1408; registration will run from August 23, 2pm, till September 3). Places will generally be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, with half the slots reserved for the fastest students who were awarded a grade of 1 (Very Good) on the CBK course "Introduction to Business Communication (IBC)" (note: EBC1 grades are not relevant here). Caution for BBE students who took that course as a free elective: if you passed the class with a grade of 1, you must send separate proof to bizcomm@wu.ac.at no later than August 31 to be considered for preferred placement. The remaining slots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis regardless of whether the applicant attended the CBK course or not until 60 slots have been filled.

NOTE: registration for the course "Access to Specialization: International Business Communication" does NOT automatically mean you have been accepted for the Specialization; of ALL students signing up for "Access to Specialization: International Business Communication", only 60 will be admitted based on the criteria outlined above.

Successful applicants will be informed of their acceptance on September 11 and will receive information on further procedure then. Note that all successful applicants must sign up for Course 1 in WS23 or lose their slots. On September 19, any slots that become available again will be filled from the waiting list based on the same criteria as above.

For the time being, please direct any questions you may still have after carefully reading all the information provided here to bizcomm@wu.ac.at.

Please note: WInf students unfortunately cannot attend our Specialization as it is not included in the WInf curriculum